April 17, 2011

Surging Towson Wins Third Straight

from press release

FAIRFAX, Va. -- Junior midfielder Jackie LaMonica recorded the second "hat trick" of her college career by scoring three goals along with two assists as the Tigers (8-6, 4-1) used a strong second half to earn their third straight win, an 11-7 Colonial Athletic Association victory over George Mason University (3-12, 0-5) at George Mason Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
After opening the season with four losses in their first five games, the Tigers have won seven of their last nine games and are tied with ninth-ranked James Madison for first place in the CAA standings with a 4-1 record. However, the Tigers hold the tiebreaker as a result of their 10-9 overtime victory against the Dukes on Friday night.

After the teams traded a pair of goals in the opening 18 minutes of the first half, the Patriots took a 3-2 lead on unassisted goal by sophomore midfielder Caitlin Formato with 7:23 remaining in the stanza.

But, the Tigers quickly answered just over a minute later when junior attacker Sarah Appelt tallied her 15th goal of the year with an unassisted tally.

Formato and Appelt exchanged goals in the final 80 seconds of the first half to even the score at 4-4 at the intermission.

Led by LaMonica, the Tigers opened the second half by scoring six straight goals to take a commanding 10-4 lead with 13:22 remaining. LaMonica had a goal with two assists during the run while five other Tigers scored a goal, including senior attacker Nikki Cory, who scored the first goal of her college career with 18:33 left.

But, the Patriots answered with a three-goal run of their own to narrow the gap to 10-7 with 4:59 remaining before LaMonica sealed the victory for the Tigers by scoring off a feed from Appelt with 4:18 left.

While LaMonica recorded a career-high five points in the victory for the Tigers, Appelt added two goals with an assist. Sophomore midfielder Kelly Custer also contributed a goal with an assist.

Formato led the Patriots with two goals and an assist while junior midfielder Emily Ellisen and senior defender Chelsea Gamble each scored two goals.

The Tigers will return home on Friday night to host Old Dominion in a CAA game at 7 p.m. at Unitas Stadium. Meanwhile, the Patriots will travel to Hofstra on Friday night at 7 p.m.

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